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Picture 1 : Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos with IFFHS Awards (Real Madrid CF has won 23 IFFHS Awards since 1986)

Picture 2 : President Fiorentino Perez with the 12 European Trophies of Real Madrid CF

 

The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the World and the most important club competition in European Football. The National League champions and for the strongest european national associations ,one or more runners-up ( 78 teams in total, 32 in the group stage) participate in this annual competition .

Introduced in 1992, the Champions League replaced the European Champion’s Club Cup (European Cup), which had run since 1955, adding group stages to the competition and allowing new entrants from UEFA countries. Before 1992, the competition was a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each country. Today, Europe’s strongest national leagues can provide up to five teams in the competition. UEFA counts 55 national League Champions and adds 23-24 teams to begin the competition , which is after the World Cup the greatest event in the World Football.

Real Madrid CF is the most successful club in the competition’s history with 12 Trophies since 1955 before Milan AC 7 Trophies. Real has participated 48 years to the competition, more than all other clubs : Benfica 37, FC Bayern München 34, Ajax Amsterdam 34, Dynamo Kiev 34, FC Anderlecht 34,Juventus FC 32, FC Porto 32, Celtic Glasgow 32.

Spain leads the nations ranking with 17 titles (Real Madrid CF 12, FC Barcelona 5) followed by England 12 Trophies (FC Liverpool 5, Manchester United FC 3, Nottingham Forest 2, Aston Villa 1, FC Chelsea 1) and Italy 12 titles also (Milan AC 7, Internazionale Milan 3, Juventus FC 2).

Cristiano Ronaldo hold the most records in this competition. He scored 121 goals (to the 12 April 2018) and leads the All Time Goal Scorer Ranking followed by Lionel Messi 100 goals ! He scored the most goals in this competition five years and he is on the way to be the player with the most appearances in the competition. Only Iker Casillas precede him with 167 matches . Cristiano Ronaldo has won the competition 4 times and had a chance this year to add one trophy more. Only Francisco Gento (Real Madrid CF) 6 Trophies and his teammates from the five first years of European Cup , also Paolo Maldini (Milan AC) precede him in this ranking.

If Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger leads the coach ranking with the most appearances, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti won the most Trophies as coach ( Paisley 3 with FC Liverpool, Ancelotti 2 with Milan AC and 1 with Real Madrid CF). Zinedine Zidane (two titles in two years) can beat a new record this year with three in a row.

 

 

Previous European Cup/Champions League final winners

SEASON WINNERS SCORE RUNNER-UP LOCATION
1955-56 Real Madrid (ESP) 4-3 Stade de Reims (FRA) Paris
1956-57 Real Madrid (ESP) 2-0 Fiorentina (ITA) Madrid
1957-58 Real Madrid (ESP) 3-2 (a.e.t) AC Milan (ITA) Brussels
1958-59 Real Madrid (ESP) 2-0 Stade de Reims (FRA) Stuttgart
1959-60 Real Madrid (ESP) 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) Glasgow
1960-61 Benfica (POR) 3-2 FC Barcelona (ESP) Bern
1961-62 Benfica (POR) 5-3 Real Madrid (ESP) Amsterdam
1962-63 AC Milan (ITA) 2-1 Benfica (POR) London  
1963-64 Inter Milan (ITA) 3-1 Real Madrid (ESP) Vienna
1964-65 Inter Milan (ITA) 1-0 Benfica (POR) Milan
1965-66 Real Madrid (ESP) 2-1 Partizan (SRB) Brussels  
1966-67 Celtic (SCO) 2-1 Inter Milan (ITA) Lisbon
1967-68 Manchester United (ENG) 4-1 (a.e.t.) Benfica (POR) London  
1968-69 AC Milan (ITA) 4-1 Ajax (NED) Madrid  
1969-70 Feyenoord (NED) 2-1 (a.e.t.) Celtic (SCO) Milan  
1970-71 Ajax (NED) 2-0 Panathinaikos (GRE) London
1971-72 Ajax (NED) 2-0 Inter Milan (ITA) Rotterdam
1972-73 Ajax (NED) 1-0 Juventus (ITA) Belgrade
1973-74 FC Bayern München (GER) 4-0 (replay) Ateltico Madrid (ESP) Brussels  
1974-75 FC Bayern München (GER) 2-0 Leeds United (ENG)   Paris
1975-76 FC Bayern München (GER) 1-0 AS Saint-Etienne (FRA)   Glasgow  
1976-77 FC Liverpool (ENG) 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach (GER)   Rome  
1977-78 FC Liverpool (ENG) 1-0   Club Brugge (BEL)   London  
1978-79 Nottingham Forest (ENG) 1-0   Malmo FF (SWE)   Munich
1979-80 Nottingham Forest (ENG) 1-0   Hamburg SV(GER)   Madrid  
1980-81 FC Liverpool (ENG) 1-0   Real Madrid (ESP) Paris  
1981-82 Aston Villa (ENG) 1-0   FC Bayern München (GER) Rotterdam
1982-83 Hamburg SV(GER) 1-0 Juventus (ITA) Athens  
1983-84 FC Liverpool (ENG) 1-1 (4-2 PKs) AS Roma (ITA) Rome  
1984-85 Juventus (ITA) 1-0 FC Liverpool (ENG) Brussels  
1985-86 Steaua Bucuresti (ROU) 0-0 (2-0 PKs) FC Barcelona (ESP) Seville
1986-87 Porto (POR) 2-1 FC Bayern München (GER) Vienna  
1987-88 PSV Eindhoven (NED) 0-0 (2-0 PKs) Benfica (POR) Stuttgart
1988-89 AC Milan (ITA) 4-0 Steaua Bucuresti (ROU)   Barcelona  
1989-90 AC Milan (ITA) 1-0 Benfica (POR) Vienna  
1990-91 Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 0-0 (5-3 PKs) OlympiqueMarseille (FRA) Bari
1991-92 FC Barcelona (ESP) 1-0 (a.e.t.) Sampdoria (ITA) London  
1992-93 Olympique Marseille (FRA)   1-0 AC Milan (ITA) Munich  
1993-94 AC Milan (ITA) 4-0 FC Barcelona (ESP) Athens  
1994-95 Ajax (NED) 1-0 AC Milan (ITA) Vienna
1995-96 Juventus (ITA) 1-1 (4-2 Pks) Ajax (NED) Rome  
1996-97 Borussia Dortmund (GER) 3-1 Juventus (ITA) Munich  
1997-98 Real Madrid (ESP) 1-0 Juventus (ITA) Amsterdam
1998-99 Manchester United (ENG) 2-1 FC Bayern München (GER) Barcelona
1999-00 Real Madrid (ESP) 3-0 Valencia (ESP) Saint-Denis
2000-01 FC Bayern München (GER) 1-1 (5-4 PKs) Valencia (ESP) Milan  
2001-02 Real Madrid (ESP) 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (GER) Glasgow  
2002-03 AC Milan (ITA) 0-0 (3-2 PKs) Juventus (ITA) Manchester
2003-04 FC Porto (POR) 3-0 AS Monaco (FRA) Gelsenkirchen
2004-05 FC Liverpool (ENG) 3-3 (3-2 PKs) AC Milan (ITA) Istanbul
2005-06 FC Barcelona (ESP) 2-1 Arsenal (ENG) Saint-Denis  
2006-07 AC Milan (ITA) 2-1 FC Liverpool (ENG) Athens
2007-08 Manchester United (ENG) 1-1 (6-5 PKs) FC Chelsea (ENG) Moscow
2008-09 FC Barcelona (ESP) 2-0 Manchester United (ENG) Rome
2009-10 Inter Milan (ITA) 2-0 FC Bayern München (GER) Madrid  
2010-11 FC Barcelona (ESP) 3-1 Manchester United (ENG) London  
2011-12 FC Chelsea (ENG) 1-1 (4-3 PKs) FC Bayern München (GER) Munich
2012-13 FC Bayern München (GER) 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (GER) London
2013-14 Real Madrid (ESP) 4-1 (a.e.t) Atletico Madrid (ESP) Lisbon
2014-15 FC Barcelona (ESP)   3-1 Juventus (ITA) Berlin
2015-16 Real Madrid (ESP)   1-1 (5-3 PKs) Atletico Madrid (ESP) Milan
2016-17 Real Madrid (ESP) 4-1 Juventus (ITA) Cardiff

TOP 30 

Club Winners Years  Runners-Up Years Semi-Final Years
             
REAL MADRID CF 12 1956,57,58,59,60,66,98, 3 1962,64,81 13 1968,73,76,80,87,88,89,
    2000,02,14,16,17       2001,03,11,12,13,15
MILAN AC 7 1963,69,89,90,94,2003,07 4 1958,93,95,2005 2 1956,2006
             
FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN 5 1974,75,76,2001,13 5 1982,87,99,2010,12 8 1981,90,91,95,2000,14,
            15,16
FC BARCELONA 5 1992, 2006,09,11,15 3 1961,86,94 8 1960,75,2000,02,08,10,
            12,13
FC LIVERPOOL 5 1977,78,81,84,2005 2 1985,2007 2 1965,2008
             
FC AJAX AMSTERDAM 4 1971,72,73,95 2 1969,96 2 1980,97
             
FC MANCHESTER UNITED 3 1968,1999,2008 2 2009,11 7 1957,58,66,69,97,02,07
             
FC INTERNAZIONALE MILAN 3 1964,65,2010 2 1967,72 3 1966,81,2003
             
FC JUVENTUS TURIN 2 1985,96 7 1973,83,97,98,03,15,17 3 1968,78,99
             
SL BENFICA 2 1961,62 5 1963,65,68,88,90 1 1972
             
FC PORTO 2 1987,2004 0   1 1994
             
FC NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 1979,198 0   0  
             
FC CHELSEA LONDON 1 2012 1 2008 5 2004,05,07,09,14
             
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1 1997 1 2013 2 1964,98
             
FC CELTIC GLASGOW 1 1967 1 1970 2 1972,74
             
RED STAR BELGRAD 1 1991 0   3 1957,71,92
             
HAMBURGER SV 1 1983 1 1980 1 1961
             
OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE 1 1993 1 1991 1 1990
             
FC STEAUA  BUCAREST 1 1986 1 1989 1 1988
             
PSV EINDHOVEN 1 1988 0   2 1976,2005
             
FEYENOORD ROTTERDAM 1 1970 0   1 1963
             
FC ASTON VILLA 1 1982 0   0  
             
CLUB ATLETICO MADRID 0   3 1974,2014,16 3 1959,71,2017
             
STADE DE REIMS 0   2 1956,59 0  
             
FC VALENCIA 0   2 2000,01 O  
             
AS MONACO 0   1 2004 3 1994,98,2017
             
PANATHINAIKOS ATHEN 0   1 1971 2 1985,96
             
LEEDS UNITED 0   1 1975 2 1970,2001
             
FC ARSENAL LONDON 0   1 2006 1 2009
             
AS ST ETIENNE 0   1 1976 1 1975
             
BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH 0   1 1977 1 1978
             
             

 

TOP 10 APPEARANCES PLAYERS AND COACHES

PLAYER CLUBS APPEARANCES YEARS
       
Iker CASILLAS Real Madrid CF, FC Porto 167 1999-
XAVI FC Barcelona 151 1998-2015
Cristiano RONALDO Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF 150 2003-
RAUL Real Madrid CF, Schalke 04 142 1995-2011
Ryan GIGGS Manchester United FC  141 1993-2014
Andrès INIESTA FC Barcelona 130 2002-
Clarence SEEDORF Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid CF, Internazionale Milan 125 1994-2012
Lionel MESSI FC Barcelona 125 2005-
Paul SCHOLES Manchester United FC  124 1994-2013
Roberto CARLOS Real Madrid CF, Fenerbahce 120 1997-2007
Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC Ajax, Juventus,Inter, FC Barcelona, Milan AC, PSG, ManU 120 2001-2018
       
       
COACH CLUBS APPEARANCES YEARS
       
Alex FERGUSON Manchester United FC 190 1993-2013
Arsène WENGER AS Monaco, Arsenal London FC 178 1988-
Carlo ANCELOTTI Parma,Juve,MilanAC,Chelsea,PSG,Real Madrid,FCBayern 154 1997-
José MOURINHO Porto,Chelsea,Inter Milan,Real Madrid, ManU 134 2002-
Mircea LUCESCU Inter,Galatasaray,Besiktas,Shakhtar Dontetsk 103 1998-2016
Pep GUARDIOLA FC Barcelona, FC Bayern, Manchester City 101 2008-
Louis VAN GAAL Ajax,FC Barcelona, FC Bayern, Manchester United 95 1994-2015
Ottmar HITZFELD Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München 95 1995-2004
Rafael BENITEZ Valencia, Liverpool, Inter,Chelsea,Napoli,Real Madrid 95 2002-2015
Fabio CAPELLO Milan AC, AS Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid 78 1992-2007
       

 

ALL TIME EUROPEAN CUP/CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOAL SCORERS

PLAYER CLUBS GOALS APPEARANCES YEARS
         
Cristiano RONALDO Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF 121 150 2003-
Lionel MESSI FC Barcelona 100 125 2005-
RAUL Real Madrid CF, Schalke 04 71 142 1995-2011
Ruud VAN NISTELROOY PSVEindhoven,Real Madrid,ManU 56 73 1998-2009
Karim BENZEMA Olympique Lyon, Real Madrid CF 53 101 2006-
Thierry HENRY ASMonaco,Arsenal,FC Barcelona 50 112 1997-2010
Alfredo DI STEFANO Real Madrid CF  49 58 1955-1964
Andriy SHEVCHENKO Dynamo Kiev, Milan AC, Chelsea 48 100 1994-2012
Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC Ajax,Juve,Inter,Barcelona,Milan,PSG,MU 48 120 2001-2018
EUSEBIO Benfica 47 63 1961-1974
         
         
MOST GOALS IN ONE CL SEASON        
         
Cristiano RONALDO 2013/2014 17 goals    
Cristiano RONALDO 2015/2016 16 goals    
Cristiano RONALDO 2017/2018 15 goals (not finished)  
Lionel MESSI 2011:2012 14 goals    
José ALTAFINI 1962/1963 14 goals    
Cristiano RONALDO 2016/2017 12 goals    
Cristiano RONALDO 2012/2013 12 goals    
Mario GOMEZ 2011/2012 12 goals    
Lionel MESSI 2010/2011 12 goals    
Ruud VAN NISTELROOY 2002/2003 12 goals    
Gerd MULLER 1972/1973 12 goals    
Ferenc PUSKAS 1959/1960 12 goals    
         
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